The Fats You Need
What's the real story on fat? First, fat is not a four-letter
word! Contrary to popular belief, fat can promote good
health. The body needs fat for absorption of fat-soluble
vitamins A, D, E and K; for hormone production, and
to absorb calcium and other minerals. Fat is necessary
to help blood clot... fat cushions internal organs...
fat provides fuel for energy, but only after the body's
first source of fuel, glycogen from carbohydrates, is
utilized. Improve your health and enjoy your food --
and don't ever make your diet an all-or-nothing proposition.
Include fats, but make them healthy fats. If you're
going to increase the amount of fat in your diet, don't
forget to decrease the amount of calories from carbohydrates.
Portion size counts! For example, if you add an ounce
of avocado to your salad, decrease the portion of pasta
with your main dish.
Top 10 Low-Fat, Fat Free Foods
But the good news is a lot of today's products have greatly improved on tantalizing the taste buds and they can help reduce the amount of fat and calories in our diet, as long as they are eaten as part of a healthy diet. We went in search of the best of the best sweet and savory low-fat and fat-free products, so you don't waste one precious calorie experimenting. Replace some of the full-fat versions in your diet with these -- and it could make a big difference in your weight loss.
Spring Ahead With 8 Healthy Eating Habits
- Fat-free milk
- Low-fat cheeses
- Low-fat chips
- Low-fat mayo
- Fat-free cooking spray
- Healthy Choice reduced-fat ice cream
- Fat-free pudding snacks
- Fat-free cocoa
- Low-fat cookies
- Kellogg's Low-fat granola
Start by making some simple modifications in your diet. Lower the fat in your diet and you'll lower the calories. Since fat has more than double the calories per gram of protein and carbohydrate, it's important to pay attention to the amount of fat in your healthy diet. Fat is not a bad food -- it's necessary for good health! Fat makes food taste good too! Your meal plan ideally should provide less than 30 percent of the calories from fat and that's easily accomplished by making healthy choices.
Here are some tips:
- Avoid adding unhealthy fat to your food.
- Plant foods that are naturally high in fat are healthy, but you should limit animal foods that are naturally high in fat.
- It's easy to lower the amount of saturated fat in your diet!
- Avoid fried food.
- Think high fiber, low fat! Foods that are high in fiber are generally low in fat.
- Soy protein has a place in your diet. This source of complete protein is also very low in saturated fat.
- Variety is the spice of life... and it's good for your health, too! Eat a variety of foods so that you get the best nutrition from your diet.
- Drink to your health... with water!